What’s wrong with Writers’ Conferences by Agent Zack

A particularly worthwhile post about meeting agents face-to-face at conferences, here.

Controversial opinion to whet your interest: “My advice: Stop offering those one-on-one sessions.”

Toward the end of the post, he writes: “I would like writers’ conferences to be more about teaching. Teach authors how to write query letters. Teach them how to properly format their manuscripts (please!). Introduce them to the Chicago Manual of Style and what “style” is. Teach them how to use Microsoft Word to apply styles (the other kind)* and create a clean manuscript that can easily be converted for eBook publication or printed book production.

Emphasis in the above paragraph mine. Just an FYI, my writer pal Joan Leacott teaches a course on maximizing MS Word, with a lot of focus on using styles to format a manuscript. She does groups or one-on-ones. Tips 4 WIPS course info, here.

(Cross posted to my Storm Grant blog)


About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit ginaXgrant.com or stormgrant.com to find out more.

Posted on November 8, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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